medium and long term storage of ammo

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by targetacqmgt, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    The 26 qt sized containers will hold around 10,000rds of .22LR. And like you, I need more!
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    cool and dry is key no matter how long your store. that means indoors and dessicants.

  3. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    That makes sense too much acid in the papers. What about wheat husk??
  4. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i have a feeling it may mold or go rancid if it absorbed water..

    plus, the kitty litter can be baked to recycle it and get rid of moisture...

    AND it's (clay) usually way cheaper than paper or husk based litter..

    oh yeah.. get the unscented kind.. :)
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  5. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Different approach, use a "food saver" vac to seal ammo in plastic bags and then store in whatever carton you want. Commercial ammo can be bought in similar packaging. I have been impressed with my foodsaver as it keeps stuff sealed and fresh, no freezer burnt fish or deer; I have used it for ammo and parts.
    After Katrina some of the groceries that I released into the floodwater (in foodsaver bags) had rotted in the sun for a month, nasty, but even though the bags were swollen like footballs they did not leak a drop or smell. If this system can do that it will keep your ammo fresh and dry.
  6. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    another thing is to plan ahead when you buy ammo.

    some ammo can be bought in sealed tins and or sealed plastic battle packs. both are good options for storage.
  7. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    If ya just got to, put em in a Food Saver bag, and vacume seal them!
  8. circa1885

    circa1885 New Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    Gulf Coast Alabama
    To Soundguy: Consider the possibility of using plumbers silicone grease or food grade silicon grease to wipe down your ammo can gaskets because if they are rubber and not plastic a petroleum product can be deleterious to rubber.
  9. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    are the ammo can gaskets not synthetic rubber?

    mineral oil is some pretty safe stuff.. same with white petrolatum...

    So far I havn't seen any bad gaskets int he 20 or so years using it.. but guess it could be causing some micro level decay ??
  10. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    I have the sense that the gaskets are natural rubber-but then only a chem analysis would tell for sure espcially sense the ammo cans are now coming from all over the world.

    I like the concept of the food saver bags INSIDE an ammo can for really long term storage.
  11. doodledog

    doodledog New Member

    Sep 6, 2012
    If you use an airtight container it never hurts to include a packet of silica gel crystals to absorb moisture that may develop with a drop in temperature. They are contained in most of the small dehumidifier packs sold by most sporting goods or firearms supply dealers.
  12. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Sounds like a plan - thanks. A lot of my 7.62X54R is in 440rd tins. One has a hole in it (chinese) and somebody that had it before me used solder to seal it. I opened that one first and am firing it up first. I bought some BOXER non corrosive 7,62X54R U think I wil food seal that up first, put silica packet in the food sealer and then put that into a good gasket 30 cal ammo box-for LONG term storage.:D
  13. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Whichever method you use, remember....
    It's not just the container, it's the location of the container.
    Condensation can ruin your ammo.
    For those who wish to bury out and about, it is very
    hard to avoid condensation from the temperature changes,
    and very strict precautions must be adhered to.
    One being the depth, kept below freeze table.
    Extra desiccant [silica gel, kitty litter, basement dry, etc.]
    is a must.
    Best results also if you are able to check on it occasionally.
    Alas, the best storage environment would be airtight, dry, cool,
    and temperature controlled.
  14. targetacqmgt

    targetacqmgt New Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Good point I plan on building a partial underground "storm shelter" not bury anything. And camo the thing. Mormons did that sort of thing in Missouri when Gov Boggs put death sentence on any Mormon "within the boundries of Missouri" back before the civil war. ;)
  15. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i do similar with bulk 45 and 9mm.. i put them in a ziplock , inside an ammo can.

    I'll keep an eye on the gaskets. so far havn't noticed and that are disolving.. but will surely look.

    did look over my can assortment the other day and noted that i have many types from many places. the plastic ones.. or.. composite i guess.. them are pretty neat.. 2 doors and all.

    i like some of the tall ones too..
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